A fight broke out at a go-go bar in Pattaya early this morning, leaving a British man and his Thai girlfriend moderately injured.
The incident was reported to the Pattaya police around 3 AM on November 19th. Police and rescue workers swiftly responded to the scene on Soi LK Metro in South Pattaya, Banglamung district, Chonburi province, to find a British-Thai couple who had been wounded.
28-year-old Mr. Jack F., a British national, had sustained a laceration on his mouth, a bleeding nose, and abrasions around his body. His shirt was stained with blood. Mr. Jack’s Thai girlfriend, 35-year-old Ms. Sunaree T., had also suffered facial swelling and a cut lip. Initially, they declined to go to the Pattaya Police Station to report and provide their testimony out of fear of possible repercussions, but eventually, the police succeeded in persuading them to do so.
According to Ms. Sunaree, she had a verbal disagreement with some women in an unidentified go-go bar, which escalated into a physical confrontation. She then called Mr. Jack for assistance, but the situation worsened as a group of over ten people at the bar got involved and began physically attacking both Ms. Sunaree and Mr. Jack.
The couple was outnumbered in the fight and sustained injuries. However, Ms. Sunaree expressed reluctance to provide further details, as she did not want to create issues with this group of people due to fear of potential danger. She also did not reveal the motivation behind the initial disagreement with the women at the bar.
Eyewitnesses to the incident reported that they noticed Ms. Sunaree arguing with the women, which appeared to be workers at the establishment. They alleged the instigation reportedly came from the injured party, who subsequently called in her foreign boyfriend. Witnessing the fight, other workers at the bar got involved and even chased after the victims who attempted to flee. The eyewitnesses noted that the workers completely disregarded the presence of other people in the vicinity and showed no concern for local laws.
Pol. Capt. Natchaphon Saengsi, deputy investigator at the Pattaya Police Station, told The Pattaya News that he had instructed police officers to proceed to the incident scene for a thorough examination, including questioning witnesses and reviewing footage from CCTV cameras. The management of the gogo in question would be spoken to as well. Police withheld the name of the gogo pending further investigation.
The officer aimed to track down the entire group responsible for the incident. Subsequent steps will involve conducting fair interviews with both parties before proceeding with legal proceedings.
Additionally, Pol. Capt. Natchaphon commented that the incident has greatly tarnished the tourist image of Pattaya in light of the government’s plan to extend bar hours until 4:00 AM. He urged service providers to help preserve the city’s reputation by refraining from causing this type of incident.